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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

$$ - $$$American, ,
401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
+1 803-254-6767
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good31%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Grill, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

In town for Fort Jackson Graduation for our nephew. Awesome restaurant and atmosphere. Wide menu variety -we chose steaks -perfectly cooked to order Highly recommend

Thank Ginger G
Reviewed 5 days ago

Nice employees, clean place, nice atmosphere, can be loud when busy. Hard to hold conversations. Great food, but not a whole lot of choices on the menu. Prices are high-average. Would go again.

Thank Natalie K
Reviewed 6 days ago

A great place to dine. Full of nostalgia relative to the realisation of dining in an old railway station. Huge roof space creating comfortable noise levels. Lucky diners get to sit through in the area overlooking the railway track. Great choice of food whether lunch...More

Thank Scott C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came down from Tx to visit my daughter who is in the Air Force & was stationed in Shaw, SC. This is a very nice restaurant. The food & the service was excellent. We both had pasta. Mine was with shrimp & my daughters...More

Thank Betty G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed our visit to California Dreaming. They had a wide variety of menu items. The salad and croissants were great. For my entree I ordered the Prime Rib it was wonderful. The service was great. A great place to enjoy a good meal.

Thank Joann P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure you come hungry. The portions are large. The resteraunt is very unique. Love the train depot. Very accomadarimg for large groups. The lighting is deem, this took some adjustment for some of my guests, but the food made up for it. Make sure...More

Thank Olivia L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Met our grandson for a late lunch here. The building and decor are outstanding. Varied menu, reasonable prices, excellent service. We had prime rib and club sandwiches. Lots of meat, great buns and tons of fries. Our server, Anna T, noticed that we were visiting...More

Thank fog49
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a Friday night. Make sure to have a reservation as this is a popular spot. I'm always torn between the California Dreaming Salad, potato soup, or the chicken nachos. The ribs are good, one of our party enjoyed the prime rib. We...More

Thank Margi S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Large Down Town Dining for parties or couples, with variety as large to choose from. Specialty is their salad and dressing with croissant rolls drizzled with a honey makes for a great start to any choice of entree they offer.

Thank beglover1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A friend and I stopped in for lunch. Their featured California Dreaming salad was brought out fast and perfect. Our waiter was very pleasant and accommodating. The taste was out of this world. I will definitely make a return visit soon.

Thank S R
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Questions & Answers
6 December 2016|
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Response from CentraArchy-Rest | Property representative |
Absolutely! It's our house special. Slow-cooked and sliced to order!
Bobbi E
5 December 2016|
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Response from CentraArchy-Rest | Property representative |
Hi Bobbi, I'm sorry to hear our hostess wasn't able to accommodate you! Good news, I have secured your reservation. At your convenience, please email me your contact phone #. Thank you and happy holidays, Amber @ CentraArchy... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-254-6767
Awarded Best Salad, 17 years running -Free Times reader survey, 2017 & The State, 2017 and Best Business Lunch -The State, 2017; Best Restaurant to Take a Date and Restaurant to Take your Parents -The Daily Gamecock, 2016. Enjoy giant-sized fare from the California Dreaming kitchen; start with the Barbecue Chicken Nachos, then slow-cooked Prime Rib or a hearty pasta dish. The restaurant also features large party catering, online ordering for carry-out, live music and seasonal patio dining. Attn USC students: CarolinaCard accepted! The historic landmark building, Union Station, is located steps away from USC.
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